Major supermarket extension uses less energy than before
Sainsbury’s has enlarged its Durham store by 50% and reduced its energy consumption by 10%. The reduction has been achieved using a range of technologies — including renewable power generation on site, ground-breaking refrigeration technology and the installation of 63 Monodraught Sunpipe natural daylight systems. Sainsbury’s claims that the carbon generated in building the extension will be offset by the improved energy efficiency after just two years.
Neil Sachdev, property director with Sainsbury’s, says, ‘We regard this extension as a great feat and a sign of things to come.’
The Sunpipes supplied include 19 of the recently launched 1000 mm Diamond Dome models. They are fitted in the extension’s double-height sales areas and can help illuminate areas with ceiling heights of 12 m and more.
There are also 33 Diamond Dome models in the customer restaurant. The rest are 450 mm models — six in the canteen, one in a meeting room and four in general and management offices.